General Resources



Check with your local libraries (public and/or academic) for their subscription database services.  Many Oregon county law libraries provide free access to legal research databases.  Researchers whose own public libraries do not offer the databases needed can find libraries in other communities that allow non-residents to apply for membership for a nominal fee and then have access to databases. One of the most popular of those is the New York Public Library, but other libraries offer similar fee-based research services to non-residents.


Georgetown University Law Library Free/Low Cost Legal Research

The first part of this guide provides an overview and links to different types of free materials and the second part summarizes the features and costs of less expensive databases.



HeinOnline is a specialized legal research database. Remote access is free for anyone with a public library card from any Washington County Cooperative Library Services(WCCLS) member library. To access the database with your library card: link to WCCLS; under Online Resources, click on the Government/Law link; follow the instructions there to log onto HeinOnline.

(Residents who live in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Hood River counties in Oregon, or reside in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District or the City of Camas in Washington, may obtain a WCCLS library card without paying a non-resident fee. Call your local public library for more details.)


Thomas (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information.  THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative histories from 1973 to the present.  THOMAS is also the source for presidential nominations, treaties, committee reports, and other legislative resources. 


University of Washington Law Library's Guide to Low-Cost Legal Databases

This guide describes three low-cost online legal services that are available to current UW School of Law students and faculty and that may be available to other legal researchers.




Georgetown University (D.C.) Law Library's Research Guides

Find databases and research guides by name, description, or topic.


Library of Congress (LOC) Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.


Zimmerman's Research Guide

An online encyclopedia for legal researchers.




Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 


Federal Courts


Internal Revenue Service


Law Library of Congress


United States Bankruptcy Court - District of Oregon


United States Code 


United States Courts for the 9th Circuit


United States District Court - Oregon




American Bar Association


Better Business Bureau



CataLaw is the catalog of catalogs of worldwide law on the Internet. It aids legal research by arranging all indexes of law and government into a uniform, universal and unique metaindex.



Findlaw provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make the best legal decisions.



Law news and legal research in real-time, reported and edited by law students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


L-net: Oregon Libraries Network

Oregon's statewide digital reference service where librarians are available 24/7 for both legal and non-legal reference questions via chat, text, and email.


NOLO Press

Nolo is a self-help legal publisher committed to making legal information accessible to all. Their site gives access to high-quality books, software, legal forms, an online lawyer directory, articles, and other kinds of free legal information.


Pro Se Law Center

A resource center on self-representation in civil legal matters, the Pro Se Law Center provides a collection of materials and resources that can be used to create legal service delivery systems based on the concept of "pro se" or "self" representation within federally funded legal services programs, courts, pro bono programs, and other community-based programs.